QUESTION - I have been practising as an eclectic pagan with leanings toward Wicca now for about 4 years. I don't do a lot of spells, but occasionally one is necessary to set things back into balance.
As I read and study, I see many spells that call for the spell remnants or some other object to be buried "off your property".
I live in a rural community, so it isn't much of a problem to drive a few miles out of town, take a side road and bury something in a roadside ditch.
I'm wondering though, how practitioners in a more urban setting handle this. If one lives in a large city, places to bury something off your property probably are not plentiful and even then using one of them to bury spell remnants will likely invite hard questions and might even get one arrested for the act.
Is there a suitable substitute for burying something off one's property?
ANSWER – There are quite a few alternatives to burying that are often employed. Depending on the nature of the working burying is not always the most environmentally friendly option even to those not in an urban environment. The most commonly used alternative is usually burning and for me this is also a preference as there is always the danger that something buried (of a non biodegradable nature) will be unearthed by an unsuspecting stranger.
Used up workings can be dissolved, broken up or ground down depending on the substances used. This has the advantage that it is easier to dispose of. Scattering ashes off your property will draw a lot less attention than wandering around public places with a spade and a package for burial.
As a side note burying off the property is usually more to do with destruction of the working than it is with the spell itself. It is common for protection and home defence spells to involve burial on the premises but burial off the premises is more to do with getting an ended working out of your immediate environment, hence why changing the nature through burning etc doesn’t present an issue in my book.
The other rather obvious method is to put the spell into waste destined for landfill. This may not necessarily seem as intuitively magical as burying at the crossroads at midnight but it gets the job done which is the main thing.
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